A How To Video on the Symptoms and Treatment of a Concussion in Children

Concussion in Children

Whether it's football, soccer, softball or just playing during recess, a concussion is something that children and parents are dealing with more and more often these days.

There are very few sports or exercise related activities today that don’t have the possibility of leading to a concussion in children. Whether it’s playing organized football for school or just playing during recess or during gym time, the threat of a concussion in children is one of the things parents dread, me being one of them.

If you have ever had a child that was injured with a concussion, you’ll know that the symptoms and after effects can be lingering and with many experiencing memory or attention related problems with some period of time. The good news is that for a majority of cases the symptoms of a concussion in children usually resolve over a period of time (normally a few months) but there is a small percentage of cases where these concussion symptoms could stay around for much longer.

Lindsey Tanner from the Huffington Post recently wrote about a study at the Ohio State University’s Center for Biobehaviorial Health regarding these lingering symptoms that appear to be affecting upwards of 20% of children with concussions.

Problems like forgetfulness were more likely to linger than fatigue, dizziness and other physical complaints, the study found.

Forgetfulness, difficulty paying attention, headaches and fatigue were more common in study children who lost consciousness or who had other mild head trauma that caused brain abnormalities on imaging tests, compared with kids who didn’t get knocked out or who had normal imaging test results.

The study looked at symptoms up to a year after injury so it doesn’t answer whether any kids had longer-lasting or permanent problems.

“What parents want to know is if my kid is going to do OK. Most do OK, but we have to get better at predicting which kids are going to have problems,” (study author Keith Owen Yeates) said.

Those who do may need temporary accommodations, including extra time taking school tests, or wearing sunglasses if bright light gives them headaches, he said.

Most children studied had concussions from playing sports or from falls. About 20 percent had less common mild brain trauma from traffic accidents and other causes.

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Because so many families this year will have a child who has a concussion, I went on a search to find the best information on how a concussion in children can be defined and how best to treat it. I found this awesome video by Dr. Mike Evans, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto where he goes over exactly what happens when a child has a concussion and what needs to occur in order to get back to full health. Dr. Evans is from a hockey area (Canada) so he does mention a little about kids getting concussions in that sport, however his advice is very applicable to any sport or activity where a child may bump their head or come down with a mild concussion.

Concussion in Children Video

In the words of Dr. Evans, “Take care of that Awesome Brain of Yours” and make sure your child gets the proper attention from medical professionals if you suspect they might have a concussion. Remember that a concussion in children is something that in 80% of cases will resolve itself overtime but it will take some time and patience so do the right thing for your child and consult a physician for the best advice.

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